Rehearsal Notes for  Nov. 12, 13

In this note: 

  1. Rehearsal overview from Nov. 12 and 13
  2. Vote for your choices for the concert
  3. This week’s plan
  4. Dates and Reminders
  5. Opportunities to consider (musical and gastronomical)
  6. Links to our repertoire

1. Rehearsal Notes for  Nov. 12, 13  Use the method book and the Interactive Practice Studio to build skill and confidence at home. Do the exercises leading up to the pieces to build confidence with rhythm reading and improv. Play improv solos with the pieces:

Jumpin’ Jellybeans (Major Scale:  T, T, S-T, T, T, T, S-T)

Quarterback Sneak (Bossa) (Mixolydian Scale – flattened seventh degree (T, T, S-T, T, T, S-T, T )

Darker Shade of Grey (Dorian – flattened third     (T, S-T, T, T, T, S-T, T)

We touched on minor scales (there are 3 types), and how the Dorian mode sounds minor (flattened third). If you would like to explore the natural (Aeolian), melodic and harmonic minor scales, check out this website, which shows the tone, semi-tone patterns, as well as writing out and playing audio samples.

If you haven’t downloaded the Interactive Practice Studio (IPS), take time to do this at  and use the code on the back cover of your book.

This week we played:

Monday – Warm up – jazz major scale, Jumpin’ Jellybeans + 4 solos

Mixolydian scale, exercises, Quarterback Sneak + 2 solos

Moondance (Solos:  Measure 61 – 69 the clarinets and flutes played this week, measure 77 – 85 alto saxes, mm 37 – 40 trombones;  mm 40 – 44  trumpets)

Ain’t Misbehavin’

‘Round Midnight (we played the first half only, to the cut time section)

Tuesday:  6 pm mini-sectionals for sax, trumpet and trombone to work on soli sections in Moondance

Warm up- jazz major scale (T, T, S, T, T, T, S), jazz pentatonic scale (leave out 4th and 7th degrees of major scale), mixolydian scale (T,T, S, T,T,S, T)

Concert Bb Dorian scale (T,S, T,T,T, S,T) page 10

Exercises page 11 (including improv)

A Darker Shade of Gray (swing) + 2 solos

Stay Cool

Into the Sun

So What

Moondance (to enjoy our soli sections in context)


  1. VOTE before rehearsal for 3 pieces for the concert on Dec. 16. Prioritize your choices. It was suggested that Into the Sun definitely be one of our pieces, to add variety to our program. All the other pieces are swing style (our focus for this session).

Email Band Rep Art Stewart  at  with your 2-3 choices, prioritized from this list of four:

So What

Ain’t Misbehavin’


Stay Cool

  1. This Week:

Jazzy warm up –  Major, Pentatonic (drop out 4 and 7),  Mixolydian, Dorian Scales all starting on concert Bb (see your FPiJ book, and try to memorize these)

Jumpin’ Jellybean 4 volunteer solos

Darker Shades of Grey, 2 volunteer solos

Stay Cool

Ain’t Misbehavin’


Into the Sun

So What

  1. Dates and Reminders:

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 a fabulous guest conductor (Neil Yorke-Slader, conductor of Nepean All-City Jazz Band) will be taking us through our concert tunes.

Sunday, December 16  ONHB Concert at Brookfield HS.  Concert Bands perform between 1-3,  Refreshments 3-4, Jazz Bands between 4-5:15.  Arrive by 2:50  Warm up at 3:25  Organize car-pooling now, as parking will be very limited based on last year’s attendance.

Photos on website and Facebook:

If you allow your image to be shared, please initial the attendance sheet at the right side, under “Note (add photo permission)”.    AND   If you wish to ensure that your image is NOT included on the website or Facebook private ONHB group, please email Cathy (

Name Tags

Please wear name tags to rehearsal.  Many musicians indicated in the survey last fall that this would be very helpful.


  1. Opportunities to consider:

Brookfield Citrus for the Holidays Campaign 2018  (fresh from Florida)

Small box Oranges $29         Large box Oranges $49

Small Grapefruit $29             Large Grapefruit $49

Cheques are the best, made out to Brookfield at the time of placing the order (Monday)

Cheque Memo line: fruit and sizes


Citrus will come in around Dec 12-13 th , and you can collect yours at Brookfield on Wednesday, Dec 12th or 16th (concert)

Citrus Sales support the music program at Brookfield HS.  ONHB has been made welcome at Brookfield, and are glad to help them with their sale.

Hot new jazz CD  “Urban Flower” by local 9 piece group Alternate Takes,  available through Cathy  $15

Suggested musical outings by Holly, Wally and Jen:  

A)  DavinaPearl Quartet     8 – 12 pm Saturday, Nov. 24 | No cover

  1. 613-271-1800 or

— at Options Jazz Lounge at Brookstreet Hotel (Kanata)

Davina Pearl  – tenor sax
Gino Scaffidi – guitar
Keith Hartshorn-Walton – bass (MelanieKeith HW)
Valeriy Nehovora – drums

RSVP please by Monday, November 20 to or 613.297.5114). Partners are welcome. Just let me know.

The Lounge at Brookstreet is comfortable and stylish, and the food is very good (albeit a bit pricey so I know some people will just come for a drink).
Hope you can join us!

B)  Melody Kings 2 to 5  Sunday Nov 25. Need to be there about 1:30 in order to sit as a group. Royal Oak 329 March Road

C) Like to sing?   CAMMAC offers this opportunity – rehearsals Saturdays November 17, 24, and December 1, 2018 10:00 to 12:15 Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals with Alan Thomas. Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale. CAMMAC members $5 per session; non-members $10 per session. Info: Friday, December 7, 2018 doors open at 5:30; rehearsal at 6:00; performance at 8:00 Come Sing Messiah Performance Dominion-Chalmers United Church, O’Connor at Cooper $10 singers (Sanctuary seating); $25 for audience (Balcony seating). Info:


6. Listening Links

So What (Miles Davis arr Sweeney)

Ain’t Misbehavin’  (Thomas “Fats” Waller arr Ford) (piano solo)

Moondance (Van Morrison arr Lopez)

Stay Cool (Vince Gassi)

Into the Sun (Sorenson) last piece (Latin – reggae) – Standards of Excellence for Jazz (Pearson and Sorenson)

Round Midnight  (Cootie Williams and Thelonius Monk  arr Smukal) *tenor sax solo